I know what you’re thinking, ‘Hang on a moment, didn’t you mention Captain James Cook on the 27th October when you said he’d been born?’ and the answer to that is yes – however that was under the Old Style (O.S.) Julian calendar and not the New Style (N.S.) Gregorian one. Due to this, he gets a second birthday mention as he endeavoured to get to grips with the new system himself from 1728. Born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein, but better known as Marxist revolutionary and politician Leon Trotsky began his struggle in 1879. Indian physicist who bagged the Nobel Prize for Physics, Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman saw the light for the first time in 1888. American actor Dean Jeffries Jagger didn’t have the hips, (or lips) like his namesake Mick from 1903. Voice of Woody Woodpecker, born Grace Boyle before taking the name Gracie Lantz, but known by her stage name of Grace Stafford was in live action from 1903. Star of American show ‘Hee Haw’, Archie Campbell found his mum carrying him from 1914. Spiritual advisor to various US Presidents, whilst emptying the pockets of more modest Americans, William Franklin ‘Billy’ Graham Jr., had his initial calling in 1918. Coloratura soprano Joan Alston Sutherland had her command performance in 1926. Third president of Japanese gaming company Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi took a year from 1927 to start running around grabbing things. Fellow soprano, Gwyneth Jones opened her lungs in 1936. Roberta Joan ‘Joni’ Mitchell, (née Anderson), probably had a big yellow taxi take her home from hospital in 1943. Event horse rider Lucinda Jane Green née Prior-Palmer jumped to it in 1953. One hit wonder for Coca-Cola, Robin Beck experienced life for the first time in 1954. Also making his debut that year, Indian actor Parthasarathy or Kamal Haasan/Hassan. Co-founder of Irish band Hothouse Flowers, Liam Ó Maonlaí thankfully had one tongue in 1964. Popular DJ, (to some), Pierre David Guetta blasted off in 1967. Someone else born that year, Sharlene Spiteris’ parents weren’t tired of being alone. Morgan Valentine Spurlock wasn’t a super sized baby in 1970. Not so hairy tennis player, Mark Anthony Philippoussis didn’t take the closed stance in 1976. Footballer Rio Gavin Ferdinand, capped his parents lives from 1978.
As for deaths, seeing as there aren’t any Popes or Archbishop of Canterbury’s to mention, it seems only right and fair to give the second Caliph of Rashidun Caliphate, Umar, or Omar, a mention giving his received his ultimate calling in 644. Cornelius Jacobszoon Drebbel, builder of the first serviceable submarine found himself underground rather than underwater in 1633. Horror film actor, Dwight IIiff Frye was unable to find the road back in 1943. Boxer, before turning his hand to acting – Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen became the quiet man in 1959. Legendary actor, Terence Steven ‘Steve’ McQueen staged his own great escape in 1980. Queen Ingrid of Denmark sipped her last Elephant Beer in 2000, whilst in 2004 Howard Keel found it wasn’t quite such a beautiful morning after all. Earl Farwell Dodge Jr., long time temperance movement leader and politician in the Prohibition Party, didn’t prohibit himself dying in 2007. World heavyweight pugilist Joseph William ‘Joe’ Frazier wasn’t ‘Smokin’ Joe’ given he was buried in 2010. Finally, large spectacle wearing political editor for the BBC, John Morrison Cole gave up on the outside broadcasts from 2013.